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From Jaime Misenheimer's painting 'Echidna'
From Jaime Misenheimer's painting 'Echidna'

Art alumna exhibits her work in Athens, Greece


Using oil paints and a brush, Jaime Misenheimer turns classical text into contemporary art.

Jaime Misenheimer
Jaime Misenheimer

Last summer, as a Carolina art student, Misenheimer attended the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, as a Magellan Scholar. Before she returned to the United States, the school invited her to come back this summer for a special exhibit of her work.

The work in that exhibit is based partly on the work she began in Greece: a visual interpretation of Hesiod's Theogony, a poem that describes the births and genealogies of the gods of the ancient Greeks. Six new paintings are on display through June 18 in the Blegen Library at the American School, which is devoted to advanced study in the humanities.

"I first read Theogony in Dr. Mark Beck's mythology class," said Misenheimer, who graduated with a BFA in studio art and a BA in art history in December 2009. "The imagery in the poem is very visually striking, and when I read it, I wanted to paint it. I wanted to create narrative, figurative works that emphasized the contemporary possibilities of mythology."

In Greece, Misenheimer specifically studied and worked from the sculpture at the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Kerameikos. From her work and research, she finalized her compositions for her paintings influenced by Hesiod's poem.

"Being in Greece and having access to their museums, I was able to study the scale and symmetry and emotive qualities of Greek sculpture firsthand and incorporate it into my work," Misenheimer said.


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